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DJJ Report Details Agency’s Progress in Strategic Juvenile Justice Reform

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Tallahassee -- Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Frank Peterman Jr. is pleased to announce the release of the DJJ 2008-09 Annual Report, which provides an overview of the Department and highlights significant activities and accomplishments during the past year. For the first time, this year’s report also includes an update on DJJ’s Strategic Plan, which "emphasizes the agency’s efforts aimed at stopping children from entering the juvenile justice system at the front end." (DJJ 2008-09 Annual Report, p.35)

The "Year 1 Report," which is included in the Annual Report, updates the agency’s accomplishments in line with the Secretary’s Strategic Plan, 2008-09 through 2011-12. This "Year 1 Report" provides very detailed information about the collective progress made on DJJ’s goals and objectives during Fiscal Year 2008-09.

Among the agency’s progress and highlighted successes from the report:

  • More than 4,000 fewer children were admitted to secure detention than was expected, due in part to the Detention Risk Assessment Instrument being automated for use
  • Gender-specific services designed to address girls’ special needs are now provided at all of the Regional Juvenile Detention Centers throughout Florida
  • DJJ exceeded projections for transitioning from large institutional models to smaller programs with specialized treatment services and fewer beds
  • From FY2004-05 to FY2008-09, the number of individual youth assigned to residential commitment annually has dropped from 8,895 to 6,402 - a 28 percent reduction in five years
  • Eight percent reduction in the turnover rate among employees who work directly with youth, however this may be partly due to the elimination of jobs and statewide economic pressures on the job market

To view the DJJ 2008-09 Annual Report and the Secretary’s Strategic Plan, 2008-09 through 2011-12, please visit DJJ’s website at: http://www.djj.state.fl.us/about-us/open-government .

The mission of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. For more information, please visit our website at  www.djj.state.fl.us.

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